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Forever Florida Cypress Canopy Cycle Adventure

Cypress Canopy CycleIn July of 2011, Florida EcoSafaris introduced a new eco-adventure now called a Cypress Canopy Cycle. At the time, Florida EcoSafaris called it a Cypress FlyCycle or SkyCycle adventure. A few things have changed. Florida EcoSafaris has merged under one entity called Forever Florida. Additionally, the Cypress Canopy Cycle, which has been inactive for the past year, has had some updates made to it. Now it is back up and running, um,  peddling.

What is a Cypress Canopy Cycle?

The Cypress Canopy Cycle is a one-passenger reclining cycle that is suspended beneath a steel cable. Customers pedal themselves through a one-hour course (possibly faster) that goes through some gorgeous parts of the Forever Florida Wildlife Conservation Area in Kissimmee, Florida. This nature park includes pine flatwoods, forested wetlands and a pond that’s home to George, a 13-foot alligator.*

The course covers varied heights allowing you to experience different levels of this natural attraction. The adventure reaches treetop heights up to 25 feet. The Cypress Canopy Cycle can be enjoyed by guests ages 8 and up who weigh between 70 and 265 lbs. It’s as easy as peddling a bicycle and requires no steering at all! Just peddle away.

Reserve Your Adventure

When introduced, the Cypress Canopy Cycle was the second course of its kind in the world, and the first in Florida. Therefore, it isn’t every day that you get the chance to do this type of excursion! Tickets for the Cypress SkyCycle cost $39.99 per person. Combo tickets that include the cycle adventure and zip lines have been offered in the past. Look for them to return. Other ticket combinations include horseback safaris and coach safaris. Reservations are required and can be made by dialing 407-957-9794 or toll-free 866-85-4-EVER.

This one-hour experience has been very well received. The only thing that could make it better (in my opinion) would be a cycle built for two. Hanging from a wire all by myself for an hour looking at all of Florida’s wonders would be nice to share with a friend. Then again, some tourists may be looking for an excuse to get away for an hour by themselves! Good idea. Enjoy.

After hanging around enjoying Florida’s natural beauty, stop by Capone’s Dinner & Show for a fun dinner out. Save 50% off tickets by using our coupon or ordering your tickets online. Hang around with our wise guys; your gang will love it!

This post was originally written July 19, 2011 and has been updated for our readers’ benefit. *Some information may no longer be applicable.

Fun Things to Do in Orlando: Going on Adventurous Eco Tours

Shopping, dining, visiting theme parks like Universal Studios and going to museums aren’t the only fun things to do in Orlando, Florida. There are also a vast number of wildlife and nature experiences that families can enjoy. In these nature parks, one can go ride or try the zip line. There are also animals to see in these places.

Zip line is fun to do while on a Central Florida vacation.

If your family is fond of zip lines, the Florida Eco Safari is the place to be. Before you decide to go on a relaxing shopping trip for example, stop by here with your family and experience the thrill of riding a zip line that’s 68 feet from the ground. The Rattlesnake, dubbed as one of the many fun things to do in Orlando, is the first zip line in America that resembles a roller coaster. Kids and young teens, as well as adults who live for the thrill, will surely enjoy this zip line. There are also other things like the cypress domes, the marsh and the pine Flatwoods that you can see if you are at this location. These are places that are not frequented by people and therefore untouched parts of nature.

horse rides

You might want to take the kids to the Green Meadows Petting Farm for a day. At this petting farm, kids will find petting animals like pigs and more – truly, one of the many fun things to do in Orlando for the little ones. Your kids can see farm animals up close while at Green Meadows. A trip to this place with the kids can also be very educational. Kids and teens can get information on the common animals found in farms like these from their guides during a guided tour. Your kids would also love the pony ride experience that the farm management offers.

AirboatYou can also take your family on an airboat tour around the wetlands of Orlando, Florida if you would like to see the local wildlife. You will be able to see alligators and crocodiles in swamps around Orlando. Airboats may be noisy but this is where the headphones come in. You and your companion will be required to wear them so as to subdue the noise from the airboat during the tour. Young kids might have to skip tours like this as it can seem dangerous to some. Still, touring the wetlands can be on your list of the many fun things to do in Orlando for families with older children or adult-only groups.

There are lots of fun things to do in Orlando, Florida. Before you put the lid on your 3-day or week-long vacation in Orlando with some gratuitous Orlando shopping experience around its famous malls, you should try to treat the kids and yourself to some of the best scenic, lush nature parks to simply appreciate nature. This will be one trip that you won’t forget.

1st Annual Titusville Sea Turtle Festival

Sea Turtle Photo

June 23 – 25, 2011 will mark the first of hopefully many Titusville Sea Turtle Festivals. Located just an hour’s drive from the Orlando tourist area, Titusville is an eco-friendly town with many nature parks and a secluded beach. Surrounded by 57,000 acres of relatively undistrubed wilderness, Titusville is a perfect getaway for Eco-adventurists to enjoy many nature activities and now, a street festival celebrating the sea turtle.

Due to the Gulf oil spill, hundreds of turtle nests were relocated to the east coast, and Titusville, due to its pristine natural and undeveloped coast, was the perfect place for them. With the shuttle program ending, Titusville is ready to showcase other attributes of this area. It is the downtown Titusville’s hope that this festival will be a huge hit. The seashore here is already widely known for birdwatching, so sea turtles will now join in the local attraction.

While there will be 3 days of activities and events during the Sea Turtle Festival, Thursday will be more of a welcoming day celebrating the arts. Several hosting hotels will feature dozens of artists with a free shuttle service to take you from every venue. Enjoy the beautiful works by area artists.

Friday is the day to get out and explore. Eco-tours will be available in the area with lots of fun things to do for the children. A Jr. Ranger camp will be held on the beach in the morning as well as an educational program and family fish fry later in the day and into the evening. Several activities will be planned for adults as well as kids.

Saturday will host the street festival as the streets will be closed off and live music, vendors, children activites, artists, demostrations and more will take place. From 11am to 3pm there will be something for everyone. The party will go into the evening as area businesses offer specials and live entertainment along the Indian River. Many area hotels are offering discounts too, so be sure to ask for the Titusville Sea Turtle Festival rate. For more information on this festival, visit their web site.

Capone’s Dinner & Show wishes the Titusville area the most success for this event. From the west coast detrimental oil spill and the east coast space industry layoffs, surely something positive can come about and help this Central Florida community – as well as raise awareness of these beautiful creatures – the sea turtle. Enjoy the festival and when you’re not in the Titusville area and are looking for a great place to bring the family for a dinner and a show, head for the South Orlando/Kissimmee area and visit Capone’s Dinner & Show. You’ll have a blast!